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11/20/09

Elizabeth Avenue in Avalon will be patched in an attempt to get through the winter until the lower end of the street can be rebuilt next spring.

The road from Jackman Avenue to Ohio River Boulevard was completely undermined earlier this fall when a tractor-trailer truck sheared off a fire hydrant at the Jackman Avenue intersection and then broke the water line below. Thousands of gallons of water flowed under Elizabeth before the truck could be moved and the line repaired.

11/20/09

Ben Avon Council unanimously passed both an ordinance and a resolution involving guns at Tuesday's meeting.

The members first voted to advertise an ordinance requiring residents who have guns that are lost or stolen to report that information to the police.

The resolution ap-proved was to encourage the state legislature to make a law that stolen or lost guns must be reported to the police.

Lloyd Corder and Dan Herchenroether were absent.

11/20/09

Avalon will readvertise an opening in its streets department in the hope of getting applicants with some specialized skills.

Streets committee chairman Ed Repp reported at the Nov. 17 council meeting that the laborer who resigned had mechanical repair skills that are sorely missed in the department.

Although the borough already has advertised and received applications for the opening, Repp said that he would like to readvertise and stress that the borough would prefer applicants with welding and small engine repair skills.

11/20/09

A number of supplemental contracts for Northgate's spring musical were authorized by the school board Monday.

Jason Dilliott will be the music director, and he will be paid $1,721.

The vocal director will be Stephanie Adamczyk, who will receive $1,481.

Clayton Berwick will be in charge of set construction, and will be paid $1,401.

In charge of set design will be Kristin DeGiovanni, who will receive $1,080.

Jeff Smith will be in charge of lights and sounds, and will be paid $1,040.

Board member David Natale was absent.

11/20/09

Northgate personnel The Northgate School Board made two personnel decisions at its regular meeting on Monday.

The board ratified the hiring of Brittany Armstrong as a part-time special education teacher assistant.

Brandon Hogle was hired as a full-time secondary social studies teacher at the middle/high school. He replaces Kevin McKiernan, who accepted a position as assistant principal in the West Allegheny School District.

Board member David Natale was absent.

ACORD appointment

11/20/09

Avalon and Bellevue residents who fall into one of several groups considered at high risk for the H1N1 virus can obtain free vaccinations through the Northgate School District.

Northgate received 1,600 doses of the vaccine, which were offered first to students and staff at five clinics. More than 1,000 doses remain, and now are being offered to the community.

11/20/09

Cash and a shotgun were reported stolen from a home on Berrin-ger Place in Ben Avon on Nov. 18.

Gary A. Martin, 30, of Imperial, was charged with driving under the influence in Emsworth on Nov. 15.

Joseph Kossarth, 29, of Aleppo, was charged with driving under the influence and driving with a license suspended for DUI after a traffic stop in Emsworth on Nov. 15.

James Lamonde, 25, of Dormont, was charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, heroin, on Ben Avon Heights Road on Nov. 16.

11/20/09

By the end of the month, Avalon's problems with its pension funds should finally be over.

Council voted unanimously at its Nov. 17 meeting to make payments to the state of $3,758 and $7,129, representing interest due on the non-uniform and police pension plans, respectively.

The borough has been working with the state auditor general's office to correct past deficiencies in both funds.

11/20/09

Sixth graders at both Northgate elementary schools will travel to Washington, D.C. this spring.

The school board voted Nov. 16 to approve absences for students and staff at Avalon May 20-21, and Bellevue

11/20/09

An absentee ballot that reportedly was lost for a week after the Nov. 3 general election has been counted by the Allegheny County Elections Department, creating a tie for one of Bellevue’s most hotly contested council seats.

It could be some time before anyone knows who is the winner of the second of two seats in Bellevue’s first ward. Incumbent Republican Kathy Coder is the clear winner of the first seat, while Democrat Susan Schafer was far behind all candidates in votes.

11/13/09

Six people were reported injured in a three-vehicle accident on Ohio River Boulevard in Avalon about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday. The accident, which involved three vehicles, remains under investigation by police.

Police also responded to an accident on Union Avenue Wednesday night. No further details were available.

The attempted theft of an automobile on Jackman Avenue was reported Nov. 10. Police found a shattered window and broken steering column in the vehicle.

11/13/09

Bellevue Police say one male was assaulted by other males at an address on Kendall Avenue on Nov. 3. The victim was taken to the hospital by medics.

A Highland Place resident, on Nov. 5, reported the theft of firearms from his residence.

An apartment on South Howard Avenue was reported burglarized Oct. 29.

A Greenough Avenue resident reported Nov. 1 that her home had been burglarized.

Two vehicles were reported stolen on Nov. 5, one on Grant Avenue and one on South Harrison Avenue. Another was reported stolen on Grant on Oct. 28.

11/13/09

The Avonworth Antelope offense was firing on all cylinders with big plays last Friday, ensuring the playoff-loss to Monaca suffered by the 'Lopes last season was not repeated.

"We lived up to Avonworth football expectations tonight," head coach Jason Kekseo said after the game.

Last season, Avonworth's hopes of playing at Heinz Field ended with a loss to the Indians in the final seconds of the semi-final game. This year, the 'Lopes shut out Monaca 27-0. The win advances Avonworth (8-2) to the WPIAL quarterfinals, where they will play Clairton tonight at Chartiers-Houston.

11/13/09

Clearview Road in Emsworth soon will be a one-way street in an attempt to reduce traffic and speeds.

Emsworth Council voted unanimously at its regular meeting on Wednesday to start the process to make Clearview a one-way street going from Roosevelt Road to Bryson Avenue.

Ohio Township Police Chief Beaver Micklos said that the police department conducted a traffic study after receiving a letter from residents of Clearview and Bryson.

The letter raised concerns about excessive vehicle speeds and oversized trucks traveling on Clearview, he said.

11/13/09

Tempers flared at Emsworth Council's regular meeting on Wednesday during a normally routine item on council's agenda.

When it came time to approve the boroughs bill’s for the month, finance committee chairman David Heflin questioned two of the expenditures on the bill list, neither of which had received pre-approval from council.

The first was $321 for an appreciation dinner held for former borough solicitor Mike Marmo. The second was the painting of two of the borough's trucks at a cost of $1,500.

11/13/09

After 2009's hirings and salary increases in Bellevue, the 2010 budget proposed by Mayor George Doscher concentrates on holding the line on revenues and expenditures.

Under the borough's home rule charter, the mayor proposes a budget in November. Council then has until the end of the year to make modifications to the budget and create the borough's actual spending plan for the coming year.

11/13/09

Contract extended A contract for garbage pick-up in Emsworth was extended for another year during the borough council’s regular meeting on Wednesday.

The current contract with Waste Management was due to expire at the end of the year, but it has been extended until Dec. 31, 2010. It will cost $189.48 per household unit, which is an increase of $8.16, according to council member Amy Adams. The increased cost will be paid by property owners.

11/13/09

Despite lengthy discussions at council meetings over the last month, it looks like Emsworth residents will not see an increase in their sewer fees after all.

Instead, the borough will use $225,000 of a $350,000 reserve fund to cover the difference in sewer-related revenue and expenses in 2010.

The borough's budget for next year was $275,000 in the red for sewage and sewer repair costs, and council had studied a fee and surcharge increase to balance the account.

11/13/09

DVDs valued at $250 were reported stolen from the Camp Horne Road Giant Eagle store on Nov. 6. Ohio Township Police believe the white female responsible may also have stolen other items.

Jeremy Heberling, 23, of Monaca, was arrested Nov. 8 for possession of suspected heroin.

William Imler, 50, of McCandless, was charged with driving under the influence after a traffic stop in Emsworth on Nov. 5.

11/6/09

A McKees Rocks man was arrested by both Avalon and Ohio Township police during the past week, once after being held at gunpoint when he entered an apartment on Ohio River Boulevard.

11/6/09

A Bellevue church closed its doors last Sunday after more than a century

Bellevue Central United Methodist Church closed after services on Nov. 1. The church was built in 1905.

According to Rev. Donald Scandrol, district superintendent for the Pittsburgh district of the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, support for the church had been dwindling.

Scandrol said there might have been some 30-40 official members, but that only a handful of people were going to services at the church.

11/6/09

Ben Avon's incumbent mayor and two council members, all Democrats, were unseated Tuesday in a stunning upset victory for newcomers.

The only incumbent council member re-elected during the general election was Republican Lloyd Corder, who was nominated on both the Republican and Democratic tickets.

The only Democrat elected to council Tuesday was 19-year-old Richard White, who was the top vote-getter after Corder.

Joining him, and Corder, on the borough council in January will be Robert Galbraith II and Brian Tokar.

11/6/09

The North Boroughs' representative on the Allegheny County Council will keep his seat in January, as Republican Matt Drozd defeated Democratic challenger Tom Michalow of Avalon.

Although Michalow carried most of the North Boroughs, Drozd carried traditionally Republican areas to secure his second term on county council.

Overall, Drozd received 10,051 votes to Michalow's 7,709. Vote totals by municipality were, first for Drozd, then Michalow:

Aleppo 258, 104 Avalon 278, 485 Bellevue 465, 698 Ben Avon 186 , 222 Ben Avon Hts. 64, 36 Coraopolis 456, 677

11/6/09

All three incumbents seeking election to Bellevue Council will return to their seats in January, where they will be joined by two newcomers.

Bellevue voters decided council races in each of the borough's three wards, including a close race in the first ward that ultimately ended with both Kathleen Coder and Jane Braunlich returned to council.

The two incumbents each led the ballot in one of the ward's two districts, with Republican Coder getting the most votes overall.